2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house.” - Luke 10:2-7
Some will welcome you. Some will not. Some will be wolves that are hungry and will attack. Others will let you peaceably remain among them. Joining Jesus in kingdom work is building relationships with people who will accept you with open arms or reject you as a wolf attacking a lamb. We will encounter both situations and both are part of being a laborer in the world for the sake of the kingdom. Ours is not to judge the house but to enter the house with the transforming power and good news of Jesus Christ. We will know if there is a welcoming spirit or a spirit of rejection. (vs. 5-6) Know that you are not being rejected but the message you bring. This section of scripture is often troubling because it says there will be times when we leave business unfinished. Paul had to leave things unfinished and at times forbidden to even go to an area. When peace is not ultimately extended in the relationship building process then your labor becomes more about the greater good for the kingdom of God than one person. That tends to make people uncomfortable but it is the tenor of the text. But the text does say we give each ‘house’ an opportunity to extend the hand of peace before moving on. Our role is to be a laborer. God is in charge of the harvest.
Heavenly Father, we yield to you to become faithful laborers in the fields of this world so there might be a bountiful harvest for the kingdom. Give us wisdom as you use us to serve. Help us to discern the son of peace. Give clarity as to when to move on but do not let us leave until you are finished. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.